Report: Pistons want Stan Van Gundy back next season, but with changes

Since taking over the Detroit Pistons in 2014, Stan Van Gundy has served as the team’s president and its coach, going 152-176 in that span with one playoff appearance, which was a 4-0 first-round loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016.

It comes as no surprise then that after achieving a second successive season record of sub .500, as well missing out on the playoffs for the second season in a row that many have questioned if Van Gundy should stay in charge of the Pistons next season. He only has one year left on his current deal.

When the Detroit’s season ended, the head coach and team owner Tom Gores were slated to meet to discuss the future of the team’s coach. Reports have now sta7ted that those meetings have taken place and a decision on his future has been made.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Pistons are open to having Van Gundy back for the 2018-19 NBA season, but they want a couple of changes to be made as well to the front office, something which the head coach might not be open to doing.

Woj states that as president of basketball operations and head coach, Van Gundy has had full authority on player personnel and staffing, but Gores has suggested changes that the head coach has been resisting so far.

The Pistons owner wants to make changes to general manager Jeff Bower’s role with the team, who currently has one year left on his contract and runs the day-to-day operations.

Not many coaches in the NBA are also the president of basketball operations at their respective team, and considering Van Gundy’s record over recent seasons and track record with player recruitment, it will be interesting to see if he still has this title by the start of next season.

In the past, the Pistons head coach has been scrutinized for his work in the NBA Draft, most notably selecting Stanley Johnson over Devin Booker in 2015, and Luke Kennard instead of Donovan Mitchell in 2017.

He was responsible for the February trade with the LA Clippers for former All-Star forward Blake Griffin, who initially played well, but the pressure will be on Van Gundy to perform next season if he has any hopes of staying with the Pistons beyond 2018.

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